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Hugh W. McNeese
This is a private and independent website, and as such, was prepared with the consent of participating team members only who provided personal data to proudly support Internet publication of their participation in the Apollo Missions
The Apollo Training Program was designed to provide an integrated training program for the flight crew, controllers, launch operations, and NASA and contractor engineering personnel.
The same Apollo Engineering Instructors provided the training programs to each group of students. This resulted in total continuity of spacecraft systems information being presented throughout the program. The instructor engineers were among the most knowledgeable personnel on the Apollo Spacecraft systems functions and operation. Their ability to communicate this knowledge to others was second to none. As part of their preparation for subsequent flights, they monitored each flight from launch, Mission Control Operations, and the actual flights through splashdown and recovery via audio and closed-circuit television.
The differences between each spacecraft system, system operations and procedures were tabulated and presented to those personnel assigned to that flight.
There were no gaps in information, no dated information, nor any misinformation presented in this training program.
Beginning in 1961 the following training technics, methods, and aids were introduced to the NASA Training Program by Apollo Logistics Training:
1. Use of the overhead projector & transparencies
2. Use of video tapes and film clips
3. Closed circuit television courses
4. Team teaching
5. Programmed Instruction
6. Written testing procedures and evaluation
It should be noted that the F.A.A. requested that they be permitted to use Apollo Training's testing procedures and evaluation in their program. Permission was given of course.
7. Actual hardware used in demonstrations
8."Dry Run" (practice) presentations
Note: Apollo Training introduced the "dry run" to the entire Apollo program. Others gradually adopted it until it became a common practice
Training Program Ovwerview
This site is dedicated to our children and our grandchildren, and all those of men and women who came together as a team of Americans to meet the challenge of space travel, and to demonstrate success by transporting man thousands of miles into space, landing him on the surface of the moon, and returning him safely to earth. This was our national goal, as declared by President John F. Kennedy, and vowing that our total team would accomplish this within a decade
The Apollo Customer Training and Support Documentation Department of North American Rockwell were participants in this effort, small as we were, but very proud indeed to have played a part in this great achievement